Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting


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Find Your Snatch Grip Width
Comments | August 19 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

There are quite a few complex methods of determining snatch grip width, and I’ll argue that none is worth the time or effort. Any method that relies on measurements of the upper body is essentia...
Slow Lockout In Jerk Or Snatch?
Comments | August 12 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

If your elbow lockout overhead in the snatch or jerk tends to be slow and incomplete, consider your grip tension. An excessively tight grip on the bar will limit the speed at which you can extend t...
Which Leg Forward In The Split Jerk?
Comments | July 22 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

Which leg to lead with in the split jerk is the world’s simplest question but has managed to inspire stunningly complicated solutions. For example, sneaking up behind your athlete and shoving...
Snatch Overhead Stability In The Bottom
Comments | July 15 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

The most reliable position to establish stability in the snatch is in the bottom. There’s no need to bounce out to recover like in the clean, so don’t be in a hurry to stand up before you&...
Learn & Train The Bounce In The Clean For Better Recoveries
Comments | July 8 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

To maximize your ability to recover, learn to use and train the bounce out of the clean and front squat. The bounce is the combination of 3 elements: the stretch-shortening reflex of the leg muscul...
Sliding Backward In The Push Press
Comments | July 1 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

Sliding backward in the push press is a problem that’s created a lot of confusion some seriously head-scratching recommendations, so let’s figure it out. Any backward motion in any lift is...
Snatch & Jerk Overhead Position - Shoulder Blades & Bar
Comments | June 24 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

One of the most important aspects of a strong overhead position is learning to support the weight with the upper back rather than with just the shoulders and arms.   The simplest way to find th...
Short-Stepping The Split Jerk - How To Fix It
Comments | June 17 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

If you short-step your heavier jerks, your footwork may not be the problem. The issue is often a lack of time and space to move your feet into the full split position because of an inadequate upward d...
Clean Rack Position
Comments | June 10 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

See also: Dizziness in clean/front squat Clean Turnover Drills for Bigger Cleans The goal of the clean rack position is to establish a secure connection of the bar to the trunk, and allow a s...
Starting Position For The Snatch & Clean
(2) Comments | June 3 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

The precise starting position will vary somewhat among lifters, but with rare exceptions, the position will meet a handful of simple criteria. The starting position is defined as the position of th...
Elbows Out In The Snatch & Clean
Comments | May 27 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

In the starting position and pull of the snatch and clean, we want the arms somewhat internally rotated to direct the bony points of the elbows toward the outside. This position is unnecessary for ...
Bar Contact In The Clean: How To Keep The Bar Close
Comments | May 6 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

Because of the narrower grip, the bar in the clean will tend to contact the body on the thighs rather than in the crease of the hips as it does in the snatch. This makes keeping the bar close to th...
Find Your Pulling Stance For The Snatch & Clean
Comments | April 29 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

The primary criterion for the pulling stance is how it influences the effectiveness of the second pull. Stand with your heels under your hips so the legs are vertical and turn your toes out to a co...
Hips Shooting Up In The Snatch & Clean
Comments | April 23 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

We want to maintain a fairly constant back angle through the first pull, although we’ll nearly always see a slight change. The goal is to prevent an excessive and unwanted shift in position. ...
Jerk Dip & Drive Technical Styles - Strength Vs. Elastic
Comments | April 8 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

There are two broad categories of dip & drive styles: strength and elastic. These are really the two ends of a spectrum; a lifter may fall between the two rather than exhibiting one or the other d...
How Fast Should The First Pull Be?
Comments | March 18 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

How fast should the first pull or the snatch or clean be? As fast as possible without compromising position, balance or tension. The first pull is the segment of the lift in which the knees and hip...
Push The Knees Out In The Squat? Maybe.
Comments | March 11 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

Pushing the knees out in the squat does not directly contribute to standing up. It’s a measure to correct or prevent knee valgus and forward leaning. Standing up is achieved primarily with kn...
How To Stay Connected For A Better Jerk Dip & Drive
Comments | March 4 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

A critical part of the jerk is keeping the bar connected to the shoulders in the dip to maintain its security in the rack, preserve balance, and allow maximal force transfer. We stand normally with...
Hand & Wrist Position In The Snatch & Jerk
Comments | February 18 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

The hand and wrist position overhead in the snatch or jerk needs to provide the most security and stability possible with the least strain on the joints. Imagine your arm and hand like the post and...
Pushing The Knees Out In The Snatch & Clean
Comments | February 11 2019 | Instructional - Olympic Weightlifting

In the starting position and first pull of the snatch and clean, we want to push the knees out inside the arms. This serves 3 important purposes:   First, it opens the hips to allow freer movem...
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